On Tuesday, Crown Melbourne announced an agreement for the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event to become a part of the PokerStars.net Asia-Pacific Poker Tour (APPT). The 16th annual Aussie Millions begins on Jan. 23 and features the A$10,600 Main Event on Feb. 2, along with a A$25,000 Challenge, A$100,000 Challenge, and A$250,000 Challenge.
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"The Aussie Millions is regarded as one of the marquee poker events globally," Crown Resorts Chief Operating Officer Xavier Walsh said in a statement. "And by aligning with the biggest poker tour in the region, the Asia-Pacific Poker Tour, will further guarantee the event's success in coming years."
Walsh added, "‘This initiative will provide Crown with significant exposure in Asia, Europe and America, and forms an integral part of Crown’s global marketing strategy to attract further international visitors to Australia and Crown Melbourne."
Since 2007, the APPT has transformed tournament poker in Asia. In its first five seasons, the tour hosted the first poker tournament in Macau, produced the first televised poker tournaments in Asia, and was the first to award a $1 million first-place prize in Australia. The tour is now in Season 7, and includes stops in the Philippines, South Korea, Macau, New Zealand, and Australia.
"The Aussie Millions becoming part of the APPT is a great fit for both Crown Melbourne and Global Poker Tours Ltd," APPT President Danny McDonagh said. "Linking one of the best tournaments in the Asia-Pacific with the region’s biggest poker tour benefits everyone. Personally, I can't wait to again be actively involved in one of the very top big buy-in events in the world."